A recent TNS survey, commissioned by Jakks Pacific has showed that three quarters of adults think schools aren’t doing enough to develop practical skills like woodwork.
The survey of people in Great Britain aged 16-64, shows that 93 per cent think practical skills are just as important as traditionally academic subjects.
74 per cent of parents also see an internship or apprenticeship being as good a way to start out in a career as going to university.
The survey was commissioned by Jakks Pacific in conjunction with the launch of Real Construction, a range of activity sets.
Real Construction uses a combination of tools and Kid-Wood - a unique, durable foam material designed to look, saw, nail and build like real wood, but is easy-to-use, safe, and mess-free.
Tommy Walsh, who is helping to launch the product to the UK, commented: “Products like this can never be a replacement for practical teaching in schools but they can help support children’s development outside of the classroom.
"This kind of practical activity also has significant educational benefits; helping children to develop problem solving and logic skills, as well as creative skills.”